Nikki Haley's replacement as UN Ambassador, State Department spokesowman and former FOX News talking head Heather Nauert, was announced back in October, and she has yet to even get an official nomination from the Trump regime because of how staggeringly unqualified she was for the job. Now the Trump regime has pulled the plug on Nauert's failed attempt at nomination altogether.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday she has withdrawn from consideration as UN ambassador.
President Donald Trump had previously announced he was picking Nauert, but the formal nomination had not been sent to the Senate.
"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration. Serving in the Administration for the past two years has been one of the highest honors of my life and I will always be grateful to the President, the Secretary, and my colleagues at the State Department for their support," Nauert said in a statement from the State Department.
The State Department said Trump will make an announcement about a new nominee soon.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement from the State Department, "Heather Nauert has performed her duties as a senior member of my team with unequalled excellence. Her personal decision today to withdraw her name from consideration to become the nominee for United States Ambassador to the United Nations is a decision for which I have great respect.
"I wish Heather nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors," Pompeo continued, "and know that she will continue to be a great representative of this nation in whatever role she finds herself."
CNN reported last month there appeared to be no urgency from the White House or Republicans to confirm Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who started working at the State Department in 2017. Trump made the announcement he was picking Nauert in a tweet in early December, and months later the nomination still had not been made official and there were no dates set for a Senate confirmation hearing.
Multiple sources told CNN they felt that was a sign of trouble for her.
There were concerns that Nauert would be face a difficult confirmation process, several sources familiar with the matter had told CNN.
"There have been predictions of a stormy ride in confirmation, with many on the Hill saying this was a job done by Henry Cabot Lodge, Madeleine Albright, Daniel Moynihan, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Richard Holbrooke, Bill Richardson ... and now a Fox News presenter?"a senior diplomatic source told CNN.
Nauert was never going to pass even a cursory background check.
NEWS: Heather Nauert's nomination began to falter after the White House was alerted that a problem had cropped up in her background check —Trump’s pick for UN ambassador had employed a nanny who was in US legally but didn’t have a US work permit, sources tell me and @nwadhams.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 17, 2019
I'm sure Trump will find somebody even more worthless for the job. Why not Ivanka?